Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association


Mail: PO Box 2391, North Brighton, VIC 3186, Australia

0480 211 092 (calls within Australia)
+641 480 211 092 (calls from outside Australia)



The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) is the leading arts therapy organisation in the Asia Pacific region, representing more than 1200 members.

The organisation was first established in 1987 as the Australian National Art Therapy Association Inc., later it became the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association and in 2018, it joined with the Australian Creative Arts Therapy Association to become ANZACATA.


ANZACATA recognises the potential of all art forms to enrich and enhance our lives. The association exists to support, serve and advocate for its members and to uphold and enhance industry standards of professionalism.


ANZACATA seeks to advocate for the profession and to ensure that the training and practice of professional members is in accordance with the highest international standards.  The organisation attends to the ethical standards of training, professional practice and advocacy for the self-regulating profession of arts therapy in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore as well as in the wider Asia/Pacific region. Creative arts therapy is still an emerging profession in our member countries, and the association strives to raise its profile, advocating and lobbying for increasing recognition, as well as forging connections and links with other disciplines, and other countries.

ANZACATA provides information for other health professionals, support to members and arts therapy education for the public.


Arts therapy is a self-regulated profession. ANZACATA provides accreditation to members with approved university qualifications and a minimum of 750 hours of supervised clinical training to be eligible to use the title Registered Arts Therapist. Arts therapists are required to complete annual continuing professional development activities to meet the professional standards as set out by ANZACATA.